8 points behind, apparently. Dumped by the Mcconnell machine…

November 19th, 2017

Did you know that before 1992 when a lot of this was going on that Judge Moore was a Democrat? You didn’t know that? How about all these people now saying, ‘Oh, yeah, yeah, everybody here knew about Judge Moore. Oh-ho-ho, yeah, good old boy we’ve known about Judge Moore for a long time.’ While he was a Democrat. Nobody said a word. When he supposedly was attracted to inappropriately aged girls, he was a Democrat. For what it’s worth.

So says Rush Limbaugh.  The give-away “for what it’s worth” being… not a damned thing.  Surely, even in the partisan rangling of hypocrisy where “some” are surfacing about to recall Gloria Steinem on Bill Clinton with some out there hedging over to “possible reassessment in order” (now that all political costs are faded) …
And wanting to decry hypocrisy as we work to inflate the import of Al Franken…

no one on Team Liberal would’ve given a damned about protecting Roy Moore in 1992.

Also

It’s a multi-faceted search-and-destroy mission here. But what’s really driving this,” controversial radio host Rush Limbaugh said on his show on Tuesday, “is Mitch McConnell.” 

So now the Alabama State Republican Party is effectively at war with Senate Majority Leader Mitch Mcconnell.

What say you, Alex Jones?  (Listen.)

Roy Moore told girls they were purty. Whoo. He didn’t try to take them out, he didn’t try to have sex with them, but you know what he told them they were purty

Clever bit of homespun crafting.

There is one point, which is alluded to in his rant — the demonic drag queen reading to school children.  No, not the worst outrage in this crazy world of ours, but… I tend to frown on the one that looked like a demon (unicorn colored?)  doing that abcs book… on that sense, I’m… somewhere on the same page as Alex Jones and the right wing outrage machine… kind of?

what is … coup?

November 16th, 2017

So.  I’m curious to figure out what it is, what the rationale is, what reasoning the military of Zimbabwe has for declaring their deposition of Mugabe a… “not coup”.

It’s in the details of the situation, I suppose.  When you arrest the leader, and the goal and outcome is to bypass his successor to install your own, it does seem kind of coup-like in the extreme, doesn’t it?

If it were a coup, they would promptly declare on their radio transmissions disclosing a “what is happening”, over Radio Zimbabwe — “Good morning, Zimbabwe.  Today we have enacted a coup.”  Right?

Is that a thing that happens?

always a wacky local pol out there…

November 11th, 2017

The Obama-Clinton Machine’s liberal media lapdogs just launched the most vicious and nasty round of attacks against me I’ve EVER faced!
We are are in the midst of a spiritual battle with those who want to silence our message.

So Roy Moore tweets.  He can’t decide if the enemy is Obama or Clinton.  For that matter, I have to ask: doesn’t he go ahead and throw Carter into the mix? — the Carter – Obama – Clinton Machine.

And then we get the “much ado about little” … as… wait for it…

In an interview with the Washington Examiner on Thursday, Ziegler compared it to the Biblical story of Joseph and Mary, saying “Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus.”

… though.  Hrm.  “To my recollection, slight difference,” he said. “Joseph and Mary didn’t f^. Isn’t that the whole point of that story?

And what 30-something year old man doesn’t make moves on a 14 year old girl?

“There’s nothing to see here,” said Jim Zeigler, the state auditor and a longtime supporter of Mr. Moore. “Single man, early 30s, never been married, dating teenage girls. Never been married and he liked younger girls. According to The Washington Post account he never had sexual intercourse with any of them.”

Granted… although, One of the women, Leigh Corfman, told The Washington Post that she was 14 when Mr. Moore, 32 at the time, drove her to his home in Gadsden, Ala. He took off her shirt and touched her bra and underwear while also guiding her hand over his pants, Ms. Corfman told The Post.

But what we see is Jim Zeigler taking to the part of the story it appears that Mr. Moore has essentially confessed to… more or less.  Going after someone right below the legal age of consent… a possibility…  Don’t remember… within the range of possibilities…

“that would be out of my customary behavior.”

Biblical.

In a written statement quoted by the Post, Moore said “these allegations are completely false.” But if they are true, Brinson says, it would simply mean that “he went a little too far and he stopped.”

That damnable “Clinton” half (third?) of the Clinton — Obama Machine and all that legalistic wrangling on the definition of “is”?  Out the window.

So.  I suppose this sets up an exciting December election.  Do you trust the polls?

I asked two prominent Fairhope residents about how their wealthy peers would vote. One, a liberal, said his neighbors on Mobile Bay’s fashionable Eastern Shore would claim to support Mr. Jones and then secretly vote for Mr. Moore, a man they would not invite to their homes.
Another, a conservative, said “most of my Republican friends say they are going to vote for Jones” because Mr. Moore would shame the state. As to how local Republicans will finally split, he predicted half would vote for Mr. Jones and half might stay home. “That would be all right, too,” Mr. Jones told me later when I described the conversation.

On the tack of what it takes to Doug Jones is running a state-wide Senate campaign in Alabama, meaning… he’s having to distance himself from anti-neo-confederacy.  Does this piece of symbolism faux de grace matter to you, woke America?  Decide soon, or don’t… you probably don’t live in Alabama.

no celebrity is safe as the culture war rages

November 8th, 2017

All right.  Time to figure out what’s going on in the, quote in quote, “Culture War”…

The ACLU is defending the right to editorialize Taylor Swift as speaking for the “lower case kkk“, when one points to her fanbase in the, quote in quote “alt right”.

The alt right, of course, taking Taylor Swift as one of their own when they realized the true subtext of her frequent themes of bashing her last boyfriend — see, when she’s bashing her last boyfriend what she’s really doing is … um… bashing her last boyfriend?

Interesting enough to note that…
The ACLU of Northern California got involved after Herning told them of the letter. The organization has now put out a statement calling her post “a mix of political speech and critical commentary,” protected by the First Amendment. The brouhaha has led other culture writers to say they’ve received similar letters from Swift’s lawyers when writing about her alt-right fans and lack of political engagement in the 2016 election.
… might cause someone with a casual reference point on these things to say that Taylor Swift is a kind of litigation nazi.

(Larry David, in commentary over his latest controversy over an SNL monologue, is cited as — with the “Soup Nazi” episode of Seinfeld — creating the epithet in casual or trivial citations.  Even granting the qualifier of “practically”, I don’t think this is the least bit accurate.  On Larry David’s controversy — I think the Curb Your Enthusiasm episode on Wagner tells you where he stands.
Actually, I need to go check out 4-chan to see what the trolls of the “alt right” are saying about Larry David.)

Papa Murphys wants it be known that they want neo nazis to quit buying their pizza.  They became a cause of the “alt right” after the company speculated that their commercial association with the NFL is hurting their sales, what with all the kneeing and protesting and… um… mocked up flag burnings.
Damned it.  Now where is White Aryan Youth Jamboree going to get their pizzas?

AND… anti-abortion activists are boycotting Jim Beam because Mila Kunis donates to Planned Parenthood.  Yeah, well… what you need to do if you’re a corporation is have one set of political celebrity advertise to one part of the political spectrum, and another set of political celebrity to the other side.  Taylor Swift, apparently, might be the next endorsee?

 

when demanded to the source

November 7th, 2017

Chuck Klosterman has an interesting opinion in this book about traveling to find popular musical death sites, as he travels the highways for blues legend Robert Johnson and his observation on listening to something that his rock critic predecessor, Lester Bangs as he momentarily became sick of rock in the wake of Altamont , considered revelatory — back to the source of all the rock he listens to — …

“I love blues based rock, but I f^ing hate the blues.”

Hm.  Kind of know and understand the sentiment.  It rhymes with this opinion, in reviewing a book about Prog Rock.

Do you like prog rock, the extravagantly conceptual and wildly technical post-psychedelic subgenre that ruled the world for about 30 seconds in the early 1970s before being torn to pieces by the starving street dogs of punk rock? Do you like the proggers, with their terrible pampered proficiency, their priestly robes, and their air—once they get behind their instruments—of an inverted, almost abscessed Englishness? I don’t. At least, I think I don’t. I like Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” which is a kind of wonderful satirical compression of prog rock, a fast-forward operetta with goofy existentialist trappings and a heavy-metal blowout in the middle; I like the bit of Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells that became the theme music for The Exorcist. And there are contemporary bands I adore that have been grazed by prog: the moody, alchemical Tool, the obtuse and crushing Meshuggah. But for naked prog, the thing itself, I seem to lack the mettle.

It’s okay to like what indisputably sits on the shoulders of something, but not much take any liking for the inspiration… the fountainhead.

I suppose the last word on Prog rock is this episode of Chris Elliott’s Eagleheart.  I imagine “the blues” gets a little too racially loaded for anything so glib.

election 2017

November 5th, 2017

Hey!  Tuesday’s election day in America!
And a chance to read the tea leaves.
Or… not.

Two gubernatorial races.  New Jersey, where eight years ago Chris Christie was heralded as up and coming, having taken out a corruptible Democratic incumbent.  He quickly established himself as one of the most popular governors in the nation.  This status was later downgraded to one of the least popular governors.  The Democratic candidate is expected to win in a walk, the deciding marker being that there are photographs out there of the Republican standing in the same room as Christie.  All very good for the Democratic Party, as the senior senator faces corruption charges and may want to vacate the seat… or get dragged away kicking and screaming… with the governor choosing his replacement.

So the big race is in Virginia.   Where the governors are limited to one term.  Granted, despite its historical purpose or use of allotting power to one source and diffusing any power accrument for potential rivals — Harry Byrd had the run of slottings through a chunk of the last century, and someone would have to clue me on what reactionary segregationist preceded him.  8 years ago, Bob McDonnell won and was instantly heralded as the future of the Republican Party by those desperately wanting to shake away the likes of Sarah Palin.  He was later indicted with corruption, a charge he shook away when the Supreme Court ruled defined terms of corruption downward, a Supreme Court ruling which served his Democratic successor well.  In this race, the Democrat may be or may be not ahead — holding as he does the counter-cyclical tendency of Virginia repudiating the last national election — with the Republican trying to assert some definition of something or other and the face of a new Republican Party.

Someone can explain to me what the three candidate is a Utah special election are doing.  It seems we have a third party who’s sitting in between the extremes of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party… Utah mind you, so we’re dealing with the great left wing radicalism of a Jim Mattheson… founded by the son of the man who lost a Republican primary (caucus) affair to some rightward figure.   So
Months ago a friend — and active citizen — contacted me to ask my opinion about a new nonpartisan party. My only response then was that a nonpartisan party is a contradiction in terms.
We seem to have one of these fringe parties popping up in every state.

And In New York City, Democrats are running against Trump and Republicans are running against Colin Kaepernick.  Even if it’s just for dog catcher.

go the way of the —

November 4th, 2017

“The electoral history of the last seven or eight years is pretty abysmal. America’s oldest political party may go the way of the Federalists. It needs to reconnect with grass-roots supporters.”

This is interesting.  Not necessarily the sentiment, which is expressed one way or the other about the two parties at various times since … 1856? … but in that it’s usually expressed with …

“Go the way of the Whigs”.   At 98200 google hits versus 8820 google results for “go the way of the Federalists”.

What prompted this Bernie -ster (incidentally, a backer of a politician who is not a member of the Democratic Party, so why would he care?) to skip the Whig Party and go way back to the original political party to fade into oblivion?  As a general course, the reason the Whig Party gets cited — and it would make sense in context here — is that the party’s demise came by its inability to grapple with the moral issue of the day (slavery), which exposed the party as a constellation of self interested office seekers.

The Federalists’ nail in the coffin happened when they sought New England secession during the War of 1812.  A little bit the opposite — one fractures due to attempted centrism, the other due to extremism.  Or is he suggesting that something will brew with California and a lot of those states?

Halloween costume lessons

October 31st, 2017

If you dress as the Indian in the Village People, you’ll get accused of appropriating gay culture, and get accused of appropriating Native culture.  Double your embarrassment, or double your fun — whichever.